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SPAB Events, Courses and Seminars - 2017


Repair of Old Buildings Course: An Introduction to the SPAB Conservation Approach

9-13 October 2017
St Andrew Holborn, London, EC4A 3AB

DEPOSIT: £300. Please note that £150 of this is non-refundable. The remaining £150 becomes non-refundable on 14 August 2017. The balance of £505 will be due by 11 September 2017

FULL FEE: £805

This popular short course has been presented by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings since the 1950s.
Run over five days, this course delivers AN INTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF LECTURES AND SITE VISITS to building repair projects.

Presented by leading building conservation professionals, the Repair Course considers British and international approaches to the conservation of old buildings. The SPAB philosophy of repair and maintenance - established by William Morris in 1877 - underpins the course programme of case studies, presentations and site visits.

Hard hats and high visibility vests will be provided for the site visits; delegates will need to be prepared with their own steel toe-capped footwear and suitable clothing for being on site (and for the possibility of wet weather).
Please note: there may be scaffolding to climb on some sites; let us know if you have any special access requirements.

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The Conservation and Repair of Decorative Terracotta
28 November 2017
SPAB HQ, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY
The Portico Project at St Pancras New Church, London won the SPAB’s 2017 John Betjeman Award for conservation work at places of worship.  

Opened in 1822, this striking Greek Revival church - designed by William and Henry Inwood to serve the growing population of the Duke of Bedford’s estate on the edge of Bloomsbury - has become a landmark on the busy Euston Road. But years of pollution had taken their toll on the church’s exterior stonework and terracotta ornamentation. Working with Pierra Restoration, leadworkers MS Lock & Sons, conservator Sally Strachey and specialist manufacturers Darwen Terracotta, architects Marcus Chantry and Alan Chandler meticulously cleaned and repaired the roof and parapets of the western portico in a project supported by the HLF. 

Architect Alan Chandler (Arts Lettres Techniques) will describe how the Portico Project approached the assessment, cleaning, conservation and matching of the decorative terracotta at St Pancras New Church. 

Clara Willett (Historic England) will outline how what has been learnt from the project can inform future research into the care and repair of historic terracotta.
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Fire in Old Buildings
6 December 2017
Fazeley Studios, Birmingham
£100 pp if booked before 3 November 2017, otherwise £125 pp

Drawing on lessons learned from recent high-profile fires, this one day seminar from the SPAB will look at all aspects of fire prevention and management in historic buildings, as well as approaches to reconstruction when the worst happens. The fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Morning sessions from expert speakers will include understanding the main causes of fire in historic buildings, what detection and suppression systems best suit them, how to balance fire prevention systems with original building fabric, and an overview of new research. The afternoon will consider immediate responses to fire, and debate the SPAB approach to dealing with the aftermath of a fire in a historic building. This will be followed by case studies illustrating different approaches to rebuilding, before a final discussion opened out to the audience.

TARGET AUDIENCE: managers and staff of period properties; building conservation professionals; construction professionals; students; home owners.